Environmental News

Come Hell And High Water: How to Manage the Increasing Rainfall On Your Property

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New England has been experiencing more rainfall and more intense storms due to the increasing amounts of CO2 in our atmosphere which  is effectively an insulating blanket around our planet, pushing temperatures on land and sea to rise.  In Rhode Island, known as the ocean state, annual precipitation has risen by 5 inches since 1950 and the [...]

Moving? How and Where to Get Rid of Your Stuff in the Mansfield and Windham CT Area

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You've sold your home.  That was the easy part.  Now you've got to get rid of years of accumulated stuff in the attic, basement, garage, shed, spare bedroom and beyond.  Where to turn?  If you don't have the time or desire to do it yourself , you can hire a professional organizer or clean out company.   We have a couple of recommendations [...]

It's A Gas, Not to Be Confused with Gaslighting. January is National Radon Month

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 In spite of the  roll backs of environmental protections, you can take your own actions to protect yourself and your family from dangerous levels of radon in your home. 

The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes have higher than acceptable levels of radon.   During January, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Frozen Too: Helping Birds Survive the Winter

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We have effectively eliminated almost 3 billion birds in North America in less than 50 years.  As a bird watcher I have noticed less traffic at my feeders and less birds overall in the woods when hiking trails.  I find it is sometimes eerily silent when there should be abundant singing in the warmer months. 

At my home we love birds and do [...]

Got Woods? Love Birds? There's Funding For That!

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According to a recent study,  bird populations have plummeted by 29% since 1970.  The news is grim.  According to the study, more than 700 million birds across 31 species that make their homes in fields and farmlands have vanished since 1970.  We were first alerted of the dangers of DDT through Rachel Carson's environmental best [...]

Bug Me, Please.  Inviting and Nurturing a Healthy Insect Population on your Property

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Bug Me, Please.  Inviting and Nurturing a Healthy Insect Population on your Property

 

What if I told you the value of your property dropped 45%?  That is a huge number.  You’d be stunned.  Then mad. Then looking for someone, something to blame.  Well, the insect population has dropped by 45%.   And it’s our fault.  Rampant pesticide use, [...]

Forest Bathing in Eastern CT

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I went the woods because it rains like everyday lately and I had to get in to the woods.  I visited 2 local  parks,  Fenton-Ruby Park in Willington and  Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield.   I was greeted by rain & overcast skies but a fair amount of green given the lack of sunshine we've expereinced in April and May so far this year.  [...]

How Do You Reduce Anxiety?  Clean Your House! 

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A full 70% of Americans say tidying their home offers them a feeling of accomplishment, 61% say it makes them feel "de-stressed," 54% say they experience "relaxation,” 47% say they feel more “productive” and 31% say they feel more “confident”.  According to a survey of 2,000 adults released [...]

I Went to The Woods Because...Apply Now for 2019 Summer Writer-Artist in Residence Program in Hampton CT

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The Connecticut Audubon Society is accepting applications until April 15, 2019 for the summer 2019 Writer-and-Artist-in-Residence Program at Trail Wood in Hampton, CT.  The 168 acre property, known as Trail Wood in Hampton, CT was bequeathed to the Connecticut Audubon Society by the Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist writer and photographer [...]

It's So Cold You'll Freeze Your Pipes Off

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Plumbing, especially on an exterior wall can be at risk of freezing in extreme temperatures. Be diligent and keep an eye out for slow faucets or broken pipes. If a break occurs shut water off at main valve and leave faucets open and call a plumber quickly. It is likely they will be backed up with calls in cold [...]